Westminster wins airport security contract in Africa

21 February 2012 (Last Updated February 21st, 2012 04:35)

Westminster Group's aviation division has received a 15-year contract to provide complete airport ground security at the main international airport of an unnamed West African nation in a deal worth $150m.

Westminster Group's aviation division has received a 15-year contract to provide complete airport ground security at the main international airport of an unnamed West African nation in a deal worth $150m.

Under the deal, Westminster's aviation division will provide a wide range of detection and surveillance technologies as well as deploy security personnel within the terminals, the airside zone and the airfield perimeter.

Westminster Group chief executive Peter Fowler said: "I am delighted to be able to announce a major new contract award for our aviation security business which will create over 100 new jobs in West Africa."

"Westminster has valuable reference sites for security solutions in airports worldwide and our aviation business is currently experiencing record interest, including enquiries from several other similar international airports," Fowler said.

Westminster's security system will commence operations at the airport in May 2012, following a two month pre-deployment transition period.

The company said the latest contract follows an earlier deal secured in 2011 and is in line with the group's strategy of building large-scale, long-term, fully integrated security solutions with recurring revenue streams.

"The award is a testament to our strategy of focusing on growing markets in the Middle East, Asia and Africa where Westminster is building a significant presence and potential," Fowler said.

"An indication of that potential can be seen from a recent report from the IMF which states that, in the next five years, seven of the world's ten fastest growing economies will be in sub-Saharan Africa, including many of the countries we are active in," he added.

The unnamed African airport, which is currently used by several major European airlines, has been seeing a rise in traffic boosted by economic prosperity in the country.

North American and Middle Eastern airlines are expected to begin operations at the airport in the near future.

The deal is planned to be funded by passenger fees from airlines using the airport and it is expected to generate short term revenues of $4.5m during the first year of operation for Westminster.